When we put out a call for demos, Roebin de Freitas, a young lad from Ghent, Belgium, sent a zip of smooth, streamlined melodic minimal techno, which made a nice impression. On this label, guest artists are encouraged to take risks and be inventive, so Roebin obliged and after a few months, presented us with the full album of quirky, expressive IDM style tracks. Each track is named after an animal, and many of the tracks display rhythms and syncopations more like the movement of animals than the usual gait of much minimal electronica.
This release is compelling listening, and (IOHO) one of the best guest albums we have had the pleasure to release. This is the first in a slew of releases on other labels to be coming from this lad from Ghent, and you're sure to enjoy it thoroughly, from the off-kilter intro of "L'Iguane", on through to the epic strangeness of "Le Bison Fute" and "the mindfloor-filling stomper "Le Gorille". The tracks boast a high production value, and maintain a certain sleek and bright quality associated with the Belgian school of minimal. The arrangements and programming push this recording far more towards the "maximal" end, taking opportunities to fill areas usually left empty by minimal tracks with subtle twists, turns and fills, making it a fun recording to chew on.
Note for french-speakers, the titles (all in French) do not show the accents that should appear on the words, as the Archive doesn't handle them well, But never fear, proper spelling is preserved on the release's artwork!